My daughter is quickly approaching three years old, and she's what I would call a picky eater. My question today is more concerned with the principle of the matter, however, rather than the nutrition.
I base our lunch menus around what I know my daughter will eat. She gets plenty of nutrition from breakfast and lunch. Dinner is another story. My husband and I prefer a more varied diet than a toddler, surprise surprise. It is not uncommon for us to serve up dinner, only to promptly hear "I don't like that. I'm not going to eat it," as the plate is pushed back across the table.
How do I teach my daughter that she needs to eat what is served, even if it isn't her favorite? I don't want her growing up thinking that she gets a specially prepared meal just for her every night!
What do I do twenty minutes after the table is cleared when she comes to me and says she's hungry? Probably because she didn't eat anything for dinner...
Where do you draw the line between putting your foot down about eating what is served and making sure your child isn't going to bed hungry?
Thanks for your suggestions!